[Ads-l] Nit-picking Green's

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 29 21:51:04 UTC 2017

"ignorant adj.

[dial. ignorant, uncouth, ill-mannered]
(W.I./UK black)"

That should read

"(US/W.I./UK black)"

though not necessarily in that order. Also, what up wit dat

"ignorant adj.

[dial. ignorant]"?

"ignorant stick (n.) [var. on idiot stick under idiot n.]

1. (US) a mop.

2. (US) a shovel; a long-handled hoe."

This list should include _a push-broom_ and _a spade_.

Of course, I can't speak for all of the colored people, but, for me,
_ignorant stick_ is *not* a "var. on idiot stick," that being a phrase of
whose existence I had been entirely ignorant, until a few minutes ago.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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